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Under The Volcano

Under The Volcano has announced its 11th season of writing master classes, which will be held from January 10-19, 2014, in Tepoztlán, an hour outside Mexico City.

Faculty for the newly expanded program includes poet Paul Muldoon (Ireland), novelist and journalist Francisco Goldman (Guatemala/US), memoirist and performance artist Alison Wearing (Canada), playwright Catherine Fillloux (US/France), Rome-based journalist, novelist and librettist Jonathan Levi and New York-based Magda Bogin, UTV founder and director, whose work straddles fiction, translation and writing for the voice.

The 2014 session offers a full week of small, intensive workshops in Tepoztlán, an hour outside Mexico City and half an hour from Cuernavaca, in the foothills of the great volcanoes.  The program also features guest performances and readings with Mexican writers, critics and filmmakers, a meeting with local environmental and political activists and an optional workshop with Shambhala teacher and musicologist Lance Brunner. Gourmet lunches prepared by Cocinar Mexicano are served daily and group dinners are scheduled throughout the week. Excursions to nearby archeological sites and guided hikes in the environs can be easily arranged.

An extended residency option allows participants to stay on as part of an intimate community of writers, with a weekly salon for sharing work. Space permitting, participants enrolled in one workshop may elect to audit a second for a modest fee.

Registration for each master class is limited to ten participants and four auditors.  An 8-10 pp. writing sample is required for admission.

For details on specific workshops and application guidelines please visit us online at or email us at

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